Sunday, April 10, 2016

Short Crochet Mesh Vest using Premier Yarns Aurora in Midnight

Yarn Review:  Premier Yarns Aurora in Midnight

Information from Premier Yarns website:  "This medium weight acrylic roving yarn combines many hues in each skein to make moody, blended stripes. The soft hand and complex colors will produce beautiful sweaters, blankets and accessories. The 9 color combinations include something for everyone in the family.
  • 100% Acrylic.
  • 3.5 oz/ 100 g, 166 yds/151 m.
  • #4 Medium Weight.
  • Machine wash, lay flat to dry
  • Crochet gauge, I-9 (5.5mm) hook: 17 sc & 22 rows = 4” (10.2cm).
  • Knit gauge in st st, US 9 (5.5mm) needles: 16 sts & 24 rows = 4” (10.2cm).

 The color combinations include something for everyone in the family. 
Care: hand wash dry flat do not bleach do not iron do not dry clean. "

This is a very soft, thick #4 weight worsted yarn, it is thicker than Red Heart.  
I am also a spinner and this yarn reminded me of hand spun yarn with slight changes in thickness throughout.  There were several spots that were "overspun" and other spots that weren't spun enough. I had to cut out a few large sections of the yarn because it was already fuzzy and looked like it had been through a couple of washes, but was able to hand twist it enough to use for the seams.

The Pattern I used it on is the Short Mesh Vest in a size medium.  My gauge came out correct with a slightly tighter tension than I use with Red Heart or other #4 weight yarns similar to Red Heart.  This created a stiffer feel in the stitches, but still very soft.

This vest used about 4 1/2 skeins, so about 747 yards for a size medium.

Overall, I really like the feel of this acrylic yarn and enjoyed working with it and believe it would be perfect for a garment that needs some extra thickness without having to use a bulky yarn.  

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pineapple Drop Crochet Cardigan

New Design
Pineapple Drop Cardigan

Feature on Annie's Website

Pattern can be purchased at Ravelry
The pineapple stitch is much easier then it looks and works up fast.
Sleeves can be adjusted to any length
Easy to adjust for Petite and Tall sizes
Pattern includes sizes Small to 6X

 Done in Premier Yarns Everyday Soft Worsted

I used Lion Brand Cotton in Avocado for this one.
I believe this yarn has been discontinued, but any #4 weight worsted yarn like Red Heart will work